Organic Consumers Association

NEW DEADLINE JANUARY 30: Tell the USDA You Don’t Want a GMO Apple!

No GMO Apples!The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is poised to approve the first genetically engineered apple. The "Arctic Apple®” is engineered for the purely cosmetic purpose of preventing browning after it’s been sliced. Scientists say the technology used to create this new frankenapple is untested and inherently risky.

Unless the USDA heeds consumers, environmentalists and apple growers who are speaking out against deregulation of the Arctic Apple, the first GMO apple could soon turn up in fast-food restaurants, school cafeterias—even baby food. With no labels to warn consumers.

The Arctic Apple poses a risk to human health, a risk to the environment and a risk to conventional and non-organic apple growers.

Please sign the petition below: Tell the USDA to reject biotech’s non-browning Frankenapple! 

1-25 of 119161 signatures
Number Date Name Location
119161 5 days ago Linda Schechterle Leyden, MA
119160 5 days ago Anonymous Newfane, VT We consumers deserve to know what we are eating. Give us a label. If you release this apple, think of us.
119159 2 weeks ago Jamie Bullock Bunnell, FL
119158 3 weeks ago Anonymous Paoli, PA NO GMO!
119157 3 weeks ago Laurie Ulrop Clearwater, FL I do NOT want to eat GMO apples! I will not!! I want to know what's in my food and if it's man-made! I WILL NOT EAT GMO FOODS! Label them!!!
119156 4 weeks ago Kate Dickmam Flagstaff, AZ
119155 4 weeks ago Gloria Lewis Waterloo, NY No!
119154 4 weeks ago Anne Coffman Maple Grove, MN People & planet protected not profits! END GMO's NOW!
119153 4 weeks ago Erika Mayer FL
119152 4 weeks ago Anonymous minooka, IL i have finally after 6 yrs of feeling like i am 80yrs old., feel like i am 30 again!!! Please stop and think of the people and not the dollars
119151 1 month ago Zoe Alexander Haiku, HI
119150 1 month ago Nathan Kutok AZ
119149 1 month ago Michael Neil Parker, CO
119148 1 month ago Dana Jonsson Edmonton, AB
119147 1 month ago Anonymous Rockville, MD
119146 1 month ago Anonymous Rockville, MD
119145 1 month ago Carole Filipak Mayfield Hts., OH
119144 1 month ago Anonymous Santa Monica, CA NO FRANKEN-APPLES!!!!! I WON'T BUY 'EM. YOU'D BETTER THINK TWICE.
119143 1 month ago Susan Brown La Mesa, CA
119142 2 months ago Anonymous KS
119141 3 months ago judy Fremerman PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS I am so upset and frustrated over not being able to make informed choices about my food and health.
119140 3 months ago Diane Hanson Inverness, CA Not only do we not need this apple, so many of us don't want any more GMO products out there to deal with.
Just say NO!
119139 3 months ago Maggie Colletti Eugene, OR
119138 3 months ago Anonymous Kihei, HI Want Monsanto to stop messing with our food and poisoning us.
Here on Mauia, a new police station has been built on Monsanto property - so now they have the police right there in their pocket! ...
119137 3 months ago CYNTHIA K lewisville, NC
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Most existing genetically engineered plants are designed to make new proteins. But the Arctic Apple is engineered to produce a form of genetic information called double-stranded RNA (dsRNA). The new dsRNA alters the way genes are expressed. The result, in the Arctic Apple’s case, is a new double strand of RNA that genetically “silences” the apple’s ability to produce polyphenol oxidase, an enzyme that causes the apple to turn brown when it’s exposed to oxygen.

Harmless? Not according to many scientists, including Professor Jack Heinemann (University of Canterbury, New Zealand), Sarah Agapito-Tenfen (from Santa Catarina University in Brazil) and Judy Carman (Flinders University in South Australia). They say that dsRNA manipulation is untested, and therefore inherently risky. According to these and other scientists, given that the dsRNA from our food, and presumably the Frankenapple, will enter the bloodstream and cells of consumers, safety research should be done before this GMO apple is put on the grocery shelf in order to prove that the dsRNA that enters consumers' bodies will not harm them. To date, no such research has been reported.

Frankenapple also poses a contamination risk. The U.S. Apple Association (which represents most commercial apple growers), the Northwest Horticultural Council (which represents Washington apple growers who grow over 60 percent of the apples in the U.S. and more than 80 percent of the U.S.-certified organic apples), and the British Columbia Fruit Growers Association oppose deregulation of the Arctic Apple citing fears of crop contamination. If buyers suspect conventional and organic apple crops have been contaminated, growers say the market will reject them resulting in lost export revenue.

And then there’s the pesticide problem. Non-organic apples already top the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list, for both the volume and the stunning array of pesticides consistently found on them. 

But the frankenapple poses an additional risk. Here’s why. The chemical compound that is shut off in the GMO apple, in order to prevent browning, also fights off plant pests. What happens when the apple’s ability to fend off insects is compromised? Growers will likely need to spray greater amounts of possibly even more toxic pesticides. 

According to the Pesticide Action Network’s analysis of the most recent USDA data, apples tested positive for 42 pesticides, including organophosphate and pyrethroid pesticides. Both are endocrine disruptors, both have suspected neurological effects, and both are considered especially toxic for children.